The Hermeneutic Side of Responsible Research and Innovation

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 27, 2016 - Business & Economics - 234 pages
Cover -- Title Page -- Copyright -- Contents -- Foreword -- Preface -- 1. What Makes New Science and Technology Meaningful to Society? -- 1.1. Motivation and objectives -- 1.2. The need for orientation in NEST fields -- 1.3. Short propaedeutic -- 1.3.1. The meaning of "sociotechnical meaning" -- 1.3.2. NEST: new and emerging science and technologies -- 1.3.3. Techno-visionary futures -- 1.4. A brief guide to this book -- 1.4.1. The flow of argumentation -- 1.4.2. The chapters -- 1.4.3. The achievements -- 2. Extending the Object of Responsibility Assessments in RRI -- 2.1. Motivation and overview -- 2.2. Some impressions of RRI debates so far -- 2.3. A pragmatic view on the notion of responsibility -- 2.3.1. The concept of responsibility -- 2.3.2. The EEE approach to responsibility -- 2.3.3. Responsibility assessment -- 2.4. The object of responsibility debates in RRI so far -- 2.5. The object of responsibility debates in RRI: an extension -- 2.6. Concluding remarks -- 3. Assessing Responsibility by Considering Techno-Futures -- 3.1. Responsibility assessments: introduction and overview -- 3.2. Brief remarks on the epistemology of prospective knowledge -- 3.2.1. The epistemologically precarious character of prospective knowledge -- 3.2.2. Futures as social constructs -- 3.3. Responsibility for NEST: the orientation dilemma -- 3.3.1. Challenges to providing orientation in NEST fields -- 3.3.2. The orientation dilemma -- 3.4. Three modes of orientation -- 3.4.1. Prediction and prognostication: mode 1 orientation -- 3.4.2. Scenarios and the value of diversity: mode 2 orientation -- 3.4.3. The value of divergence: mode 3 orientation -- 3.5. The hermeneutic approach to techno-visionary futures -- 4. Definitions and Characterizations of NEST as Construction of Meaning -- 4.1. Motivation and point of departure -- 4.2. Some observations from NEST debates
 

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Contents

What Makes New Science
1
Assessing Responsibility
19
Technology to Combat
21
Extending the Object
25
Considering TechnoFutures
45
Definitions and Characterizations
65
Challenge to
101
Enhancement as a Cipher of the Future
123
the Hermeneutic
153
imperative of responsibility?
168
Inspiration Behind the Chapters
189
Index
215
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Armin Grunwald, Professor of philosophy and ethics of technology at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT); Head of the Institute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at KIT; Head of the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Parliament (TAB).